Regent Theatre

4012 S. Vermont Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90037

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McKinney’s Regent Theatre was opened in 1922 and operated under this name until at least 1943. By 1950 it had been renamed Regent Theatre.

Contributed by William Gabel

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 27, 2004 at 8:56 pm

Southwest Builder and Contractor of 8/11/1921 announced that architect Whiting Thompson was preparing plans for this theater, located at the corner of Vermont Avenue and 40th Place. The owner of the theater was named as L.H. Mitchell and Son.

kencmcintyre on November 5, 2007 at 6:37 am

Advertised as McKinney’s Regent in 1930:

MagicLantern on July 6, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Just another mini-mall there now.

docchapel on June 1, 2015 at 3:49 pm

My second favorite neighborhood theater for 2 reasons; it was a farther walk, and wasn’t as upscale as the nearby Figueroa, (known among us as “The Fig”) and was more a typical neighborhood theater.

While the Fig was a 1st run house, the Regent was a 2nd run house that specialized in the “B” Flicks. The Japanese Space Epics along with “B” titles like the “Attack Of The Killer Shrews,” with an occasional serial thrown in, made for some fun Saturdays and Sundays. My 1st look at “The Adventures of Captain Marvel” came at this house when I was in Junior High.

We would spend the day here and watch the films at least twice, until popcorn money ran out, and began the walk home. Never saw too many adults here on the weekend and it was a noisy boisterous house, that only got quiet when the “monsters were about to attack.” When the film broke, which happened frequently, the house would shake as the entire theater stomped on the floor until the movie came back on. It was a classic “grind house” and I loved it.

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